VRI Setup

VRI can be overwhelming, especially if you are not prepared. Is there anything an interpreter should do to make remote assignments less stressful?⁠ YES!!!⁠

Before you start your VRI assignment, make sure you have the following information:⁠

  • Language and regional dialects requested⁠ ⁠
  • Date, time, and length of the session⁠
  • Contact name and details
  • Type and topic of the meeting
  • A clear understanding of what platform you’re using to connect and a link to the call/meeting
  • HIPAA compliant environment⁠: ideal space is a home office with a closed door, free of background noise, and disturbance.⁠
  • Test your internet connection, audio, and video⁠
  • The camera is positioned at a right angle, with good lighting and a clear and professional background⁠

Make sure you look professional and have everything you need such as a notebook for note-taking, water, tissues, etc.⁠ ⁠ ⁠

Recommended equipment:⁠

  • A working computer, or stationary tablet (recommended not older than 3 years)⁠
  • A noise-canceling headset with a microphone with a USB/corded connection.⁠
  • A neutral/blank background: a chair-mounted background or a screen in the back of a computer.⁠
  • Lighting: make sure you are facing the source of light. If you interpret later in the afternoon, consider investing in a specialized portable light source.⁠
  • The best internet speed you can get (usually fiber optic)⁠
  • HD web camera: built-in cameras often do not have the speed or quality desired for VRI.⁠
  • A comfortable chair & desk (especially if you interpret for extended periods of time).⁠